More landmarks for Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli becomes the first batsman to score 20,000 runs in a decade, the fastest to score 10,000 runs as captain, and the first batsman to hit three consecutive ODI centuries in the Caribbean.

Virat Kohli celebrates his ton in the third ODI against the West Indies on August 14.   -  AFP


The number of runs scored by Virat Kohli this decade, becoming the first batsman in cricket history to achieve this landmark in international cricket. The previous best was 18,962 runs by Australian Ricky Ponting during the earlier decade 2000-2009.

Most international runs scored in a decade

BatsmanForRunsDecadeMatchesInningsNot-outsHighest scoreAverageHundredsFifties
Virat KohliIndia200182010-193714136224357.036792
Ricky PontingAustralia+18,9622000-093634304825749.635598
Jacques KallisSouth Africa+16,7772000-0932939067189*51.9438102
Mahela JayawardeneSri Lanka+16,3042000-093934414237440.863479
Kumar SangakkaraSri Lanka+15,9992000-093704113828742.893188
Sachin TendulkarIndia15,9622000-0930135834248*49.264280
Rahul DravidIndia+15,8532000-093343915427047.0427104
Hashim AmlaSouth Africa+15,1852010-1928634529311*48.054768
Mohammad YousufPakistan+14,9532000-093183574522347.923679
Matthew HaydenAustralia+14,5192000-092533243138049.553967


Most international runs scored by decade

DecadeBatsmanForRunsMatchesInningsNot-outsHighest scoreAverageHundredsFifties
1950-59Neil HarveyAustralia4,5735699820550.251519
1960-69Ken BarringtonEngland6,397751221525659.782031
1970-79Sunil GavaskarIndia5,90169117922154.632227
1980-89Allan BorderAustralia12,0832803355420543.002372
1990-99Sachin TendulkarIndia14,1972973303421747.964665
2000-09Ricky PontingAustralia+18,9623634304825749.635598
2010-19Virat KohliIndia200183714136224357.036792

+ Also appeared for other sides.


The number of runs scored by Virat Kohli as a captain in all international games. He became the sixth captain in cricket history to reach this landmark, which he is the quickest to reach in terms of innings.

Runs as captain in international matches

RunsCaptainForMatchesInningsNot-outsHighest scoreAverageHundredsFifties
15,440Ricky PontingAustralia+3243763720945.544188
14,878Graeme SmithSouth Africa+2863682327743.123377
11,561Stephen FlemingNew Zealand30334824274*35.681569
11,207M. S. DhoniIndia3323309122446.891171
11,062Allan BorderAustralia2713195120541.271763
10,027Virat KohliIndia1511762524366.403934

+ Also captained other sides.


Fewest innings to reach to 10,000 international runs as captain

176Virat KohliIndia151West IndiesPort of SpainAugust 14, 2019ODI10,02766.403934
225Ricky PontingAustralia204New ZealandHobartDecember 20, 2007ODI10,03752.273054
240Graeme SmithSouth Africa191AustraliaPerthDecember 20, 2008Test10,10645.112354
284M. S. DhoniIndia275AustraliaMelbourneDecember 30, 2014Test10,01848.161166
288Allan BorderAustralia242EnglandLeedsJuly 23, 1993Test10,16242.161660
307Stephen FlemingNew Zealand265West IndiesNapierMarch 1, 2006ODI10,05135.261262



The number of consecutive ODI centuries scored by Virat Kohli in the Caribbean, becoming the first batsman to achieve this feat. Six other batsmen have made two consecutive centuries in the West Indies.

Two or more consecutive ODI centuries registered in the West Indies

3Virat KohliIndiaJuly 6, 2017-August 14, 2019111*, 120, 114*
2Desmond HaynesWest IndiesApril 19-26, 1984102*, 104*
2Geoff MarshAustraliaMarch 13-20, 1991113, 106*
2Phil SimmonsWest IndiesApril 7-12, 1992122, 104
2Wavell HindsWest IndiesMay 30-June 1, 2003125*, 103*
2Matthew HaydenAustraliaMarch 24-28, 2007101, 158
2Joe RootEnglandMarch 9, 2017-February 20, 2019101, 102

Note: Rohit Sharma is the only batsman to register three consecutive ODI centuries in England, achieving this recently during the World Cup.

Queries Corner

In the Lord’s Test match against Ireland, England’s Jack Leach batted at No. 11 in the first innings and then at No. 1 in the second innings. Has any other player done this in Tests? – Rajesh Kamath, Chennai.

In Test cricket history, 17 players have opened the innings and batted at No. 11 in the same Test match. But Jack Leach is the only second player to do so on the opening day of a Test match. Leach emulated another Englishman, Harry Butt, who on debut, way back on February 13, 1896, at Port Elizabeth batted at No. 11 in the first innings and then batted at No. 2 in the second innings on the opening day of the Test.

Lasith Malinga recently claimed a wicket off the final ball of his career. How many others have done this in ODIs? – Ramesh Narayan, Surat.

In ODI cricket several players have achieved this. However, Lasith Malinga became the only second Sri Lankan player after Tony Opatha to achieve this. Opatha in his final ODI at Manchester against India in the 1979 World Cup claimed the wicket of Bishan Singh Bedi off the final ball of the match, when Sri Lanka created an upset beating India by 47 runs!

How often has Virat Kohli gone without an ODI century in terms of innings? – Akhil Shetty, Bangalore.

The longest Virat Kohli has gone without an ODI century is 17 innings from February 27, 2011, to September 11, 2011. During this period he hit four half-centuries, with a highest of 94. His next longest innings without an ODI century is 16 innings from August 4, 2012, to July 2, 2013.

Is it true that Indian batsmen have the highest run aggregates against the West Indies in all three formats? – Ajit Kumar Goyal, Kolkata.

Most in TestsMost in ODIsMost in T20Is
2,749 – Sunil Gavaskar2,146 – Virat Kohli425 – Rohit Sharma
2,365 – Jacques Kallis (South Africa)1,930 – Javed Miandad (Pakistan)423 – Alex Hales (England)

Note: All figures are updated as on August 16, 2019.

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